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NASA’s Space Launch System booster passes major milestone on journey to Mars

A booster for the most powerful rocket in the world, NASA’s Space Launch System, successfully fired up June 28 for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Justin D. Pyle Defense

AF introduces first fully built HH-60G Ops Loss Replacement helicopter

The Air Force introduced the first of 21 fully built HH-60G Pave Hawk Operational Loss Replacement (OLR) helicopters June 28 at a ceremony in Huntsville, Ala.

Air Force photograph by 2nd Lt. Annabel Monroe Veterans

Montana’s last Doolittle Raider honored

Seventy-four years after the historic Doolittle Tokyo Raid, former SSgt. David J. Thatcher, one of two remaining Doolittle Raiders, was laid to rest June 27 in Missoula, Mont.

DOD photograph by Army SFC Clydell Kinchen Defense

U.S., UK to maintain close ties, counter-ISIL efforts continue

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told his United Kingdom counterpart State Secretary for Defense Michael Fallon in a phone call June 24 that the two nations will always enjoy a special relationship reflected in close defense ties -- a bedrock of U.S. security and foreign policy, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters here today.

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Passed the test: Q-53 radar demonstrates counter-UAS capability

The Lockheed Martin AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar recently demonstrated its ability to identify and track unmanned aerial systems and pass that information to a command and control node, a key capability as the battlespace rapidly becomes more crowded with emerging air threats.

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NASA uploads app for Apple TV

Posted  June 22, 2016

Apple TV? There’s a NASA app for that. The agency released July 21 its popular NASA app for a new platform, the fourth-generation Apple TV. This version joins the app’s other versions available for iOS in iPhone and iPad versions, Android and Fire OS. The NASA app has been downloaded more than 17 million times…

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Navy, Air Force take part in air defense exercise

Posted  June 22, 2016

Navy photograph by Lt. Cmdr. Jacob Lerner A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 pass in formation above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The form formation included E-2C Hawk Eyes, F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers from the “Golden Hawks” of Airborne…

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Keep on Rocking: Little Rock AFB receives milestone C-130J

Posted  June 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie The 61st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., received a milestone Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules airlifter June 20, 2016. This is the last C-130J-30 delivery for the 61st, which operates a fleet of 14 Super Hercules airlifters. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, commander, Air Mobility…

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Next SpaceX launch now no earlier than July 18

Posted  June 22, 2016

The next SpaceX commercial cargo resupply services mission for NASA to the International Space Station now is targeted for launch no earlier than 12:45 a.m., EDT, July 18. An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, carrying crew supplies and station hardware, will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral…

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Air Force photograph by SrA. R. Alex Durbin

10 Questions on the F-35A Lightning II

Posted  June 22, 2016

Air Force photograph by SrA. R. Alex Durbin A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II demonstration aircraft takes off during the AirPower over Hampton Roads Open House at Langley Air Force Base, Va., April 24. The aircraft performed alongside and F-22 Raptor and a P-51 Mustang as part of the Heritage Flight Program, which showcases…

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